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subdue
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The Brothers Karamazov
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as in: subdue opposition Define
to control or put down by force or intimidation
  • They will marvel at us and will be awe-stricken before us, and will be proud at our being so powerful and clever, that we have been able to subdue such a turbulent flock of thousands of millions.
  • The great conquerors, Timours and Ghenghis-Khans, whirled like hurricanes over the face of the earth striving to subdue its people, and they too were but the unconscious expression of the same craving for universal unity.

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  • If you resolve on that once for all, you may subdue the whole world.
  • You see, only suppose that there was one such man among all those who desire nothing but filthy material gain—if there’s only one like my old Inquisitor, who had himself eaten roots in the desert and made frenzied efforts to subdue his flesh to make himself free and perfect.
  • I cut off my superfluous and unnecessary desires, I subdue my proud and wanton will and chastise it with obedience, and with God’s help I attain freedom of spirit and with it spiritual joy.
  • But subdue such a soul with mercy, show it love, and it will curse its past, for there are many good impulses in it.

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  • She was threatening people with a knife, but police used a Taser to subdue her.
  • The government subdued the uprising.

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unspecified meaning
  • "Yes, I approve of it," Ivan assented, in a subdued but firm voice.
  • But at last the murmurs, first subdued but gradually louder and more confident, reached even him.

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  • He seemed to have become suddenly gentle and subdued.
  • The knocking on the window frame went on persistently, but it was by no means so loud as it had seemed in his dream; on the contrary, it was quite subdued.
  • At the same moment the counsel for defense, the celebrated Fetyukovitch, entered, and a sort of subdued hum passed through the court.
  • Mitya nodded and in a subdued voice repeated several times abruptly to his counsel, with no show of regret: "I won’t again, I won’t.

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as in: subdue opposition Define
to control or put down by force or intimidation
as in: subdued colors Define
to reduce the intensity of something -- such as colors, light, conversation, or mood or in the form subdued: describing something of low intensity
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